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Bannister/Thompson - on to trial!

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  • rlbaty50
    HMMM? I wonder if Dr. Bert is related to Al (Guess I couldn t say that on the CFTF, huh?). Sincerely, Robert Baty #####################################
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 2, 2004
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      HMMM? I wonder if Dr. Bert is related to Al (Guess I couldn't say
      that on the CFTF, huh?).

      Sincerely,
      Robert Baty

      #####################################

      Redding (Calif.) Record-Searchlight

      December 2, 2004

      Tax resister, CPA given a trial date

      By Maline Hazle, Record Searchlight

      SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Wednesday set a Jan. 19 trial date for
      Redding tax resister Walter "Al" Thompson and his co-defendant,
      certified public accountant Joseph Banister of San Jose.

      Thompson, 57, former owner of now-defunct Cencal Aviation in Shasta
      Lake, will remain in custody, said a spokeswoman for the U.S.
      attorney's office in Sacramento.

      Thompson was arrested last month in Redding after leading Internal
      Revenue Service special agents and California Highway Patrol officers
      on a pursuit that went north and then south on Interstate 5.

      He is charged in a 14-count federal grand jury indictment with tax
      crimes that include conspiring with Banister, 41, to remove Cencal
      employees from federal tax rolls.

      He also is charged with failing to give employees or the IRS annual
      wage or income statements, filing false claims with the IRS, filing a
      false incometax return, and willfully failing to collect and pay more
      than $176,000 in taxes from Cencal employees' wages.

      Cencal manufactured flight bags, but was closed several months ago
      while Thompson was in jail on a contempt of court order for failing
      to obey federal court orders to pay almost $500,000 in back taxes and
      penalties.

      Banister, a former IRS special agent, is alleged to have joined
      Thompson at a meeting for employees where he assured employees that
      Thompson would not lie to them about tax issues. Thompson allegedly
      had told employees they were not required by law to pay taxes.

      Thompson, who stopped paying personal income taxes several years ago,
      contends that federal income tax laws were repealed in 1939.

      Banister is free on bail, but Thompson is being held at Sacramento
      County Jail after a federal judge deemed him a flight risk.

      If convicted, Banister faces 14 years in federal prison and a $1
      million fine.

      Thompson, a one-time congressional candidate, faces up to 68 years in
      prison and a $2.5 million fine.

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    • Tamara
      Is Dr. Bert a TP, Robert? Do tell. Best, Tamara ... From: rlbaty50 To: Maury_and_Baty@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 12:22 PM Subject:
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 3, 2004
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        Is Dr. Bert a TP, Robert? Do tell.

        Best,
        Tamara
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: rlbaty50
        To: Maury_and_Baty@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 12:22 PM
        Subject: Bannister/Thompson - on to trial!



        HMMM? I wonder if Dr. Bert is related to Al (Guess I couldn't say
        that on the CFTF, huh?).

        Sincerely,
        Robert Baty

        #####################################

        Redding (Calif.) Record-Searchlight

        December 2, 2004

        Tax resister, CPA given a trial date

        By Maline Hazle, Record Searchlight

        SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Wednesday set a Jan. 19 trial date for
        Redding tax resister Walter "Al" Thompson and his co-defendant,
        certified public accountant Joseph Banister of San Jose.

        Thompson, 57, former owner of now-defunct Cencal Aviation in Shasta
        Lake, will remain in custody, said a spokeswoman for the U.S.
        attorney's office in Sacramento.

        Thompson was arrested last month in Redding after leading Internal
        Revenue Service special agents and California Highway Patrol officers
        on a pursuit that went north and then south on Interstate 5.

        He is charged in a 14-count federal grand jury indictment with tax
        crimes that include conspiring with Banister, 41, to remove Cencal
        employees from federal tax rolls.

        He also is charged with failing to give employees or the IRS annual
        wage or income statements, filing false claims with the IRS, filing a
        false incometax return, and willfully failing to collect and pay more
        than $176,000 in taxes from Cencal employees' wages.

        Cencal manufactured flight bags, but was closed several months ago
        while Thompson was in jail on a contempt of court order for failing
        to obey federal court orders to pay almost $500,000 in back taxes and
        penalties.

        Banister, a former IRS special agent, is alleged to have joined
        Thompson at a meeting for employees where he assured employees that
        Thompson would not lie to them about tax issues. Thompson allegedly
        had told employees they were not required by law to pay taxes.

        Thompson, who stopped paying personal income taxes several years ago,
        contends that federal income tax laws were repealed in 1939.

        Banister is free on bail, but Thompson is being held at Sacramento
        County Jail after a federal judge deemed him a flight risk.

        If convicted, Banister faces 14 years in federal prison and a $1
        million fine.

        Thompson, a one-time congressional candidate, faces up to 68 years in
        prison and a $2.5 million fine.

        ###########################





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